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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Sep 12, 2012 8:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How Keith Joined

I finally got around to listen to the Sept 29 session. It made me appreciate your post even more. When Keith is on organ, it's obvious that he's familiar with the songs, but it's hard to tell just how familiar because of how foreign the sound is (i.e., Keith playing organ on these songs). When Keith finally plays piano (on Brokedown Palace), the results are spectacular! Wow! It would be difficult to believe that he had only played with Jerry and Bill up to that point or Phil's claim that "he'd never played any Grateful Dead tunes before". I wouldn't say that it's his best performance of the song over 6 years but he absolutely nails it. There must be more to the story.

A side note to the rehearsal sessions is the lyrics to Jack Straw. I'd love to know how they changed so much in the 3 weeks between the rehearsals and the first live performance.

Thanks again, LIA!